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John Mark Rafacz is the editorial manager of the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State.

Articles by John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown

On Centre: Singer-songwriters Griffin, Watkins, and Mitchell perform as trio On Centre: Singer-songwriters Griffin, Watkins, and Mitchell perform as trio
1 week ago - Town and gown
Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins, and Anaïs Mitchell are coming to Penn State for a celebration of American songwriting and performance. Their March 16 concert at Eisenhower Auditorium, part of the Use Your Voice Tour 2016, finds the artists sharing songs and accompanying one another. The tour, [Read More]
On Center: Sybarite5 On Center: Sybarite5
15 weeks ago - Town and gown
If an ensemble of sedate musicians seated on stage in a semicircle playing the masterworks of long-deceased European men is your chamber music performance ideal, the eclectic dynamism of Sybarite5 might just mess with your head. The first string quintet to win the Concert Artists Guild [Read More]
On Center: Opus On Center: Opus
19 weeks ago - Town and gown
Sometimes circus is all clown cars, caged tigers, and the incomparable scent of elephant dung. Sometimes it’s more sublime. “Opus,” which comes to Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium November 11, “is cut-glass, caviar circus,” writes a reviewer for The Telegraph [Read More]
On Center: The Knights On Center: The Knights
23 weeks ago - Town and gown
Cellist Eric Jacobsen and his older brother, Colin, a violinist, have the minds of classical musicians and the hearts of world explorers. The Jacobsens are cofounders and artistic directors of The Knights, a Brooklyn-based orchestral collective that strives to shake up the concert experience by [Read More]
On Center: Season Sampler On Center: Season Sampler
28 weeks ago - Town and gown
The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State’s 2015-16 season — on sale August 4 — features eight performances of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Jersey Boys, the story of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons, plus 31 other presentations. The roster of music, [Read More]
On Center: Mavis Staples & Joan Osborne On Center: Mavis Staples & Joan Osborne
32 weeks ago - Town and gown
Glorious vocalist Mavis Staples and seven-time Grammy nominee Joan Osborne collaborate on tour for the first time in “Solid Soul,” which comes to Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium Tuesday, October 27. Staples, a fixture in American music for six decades, came to fame as a member [Read More]
On Center: Jazz Gems On Center: Jazz Gems
36 weeks ago - Town and gown
The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State continues its tradition of presenting exceptional jazz artists with its 2015-16 offering of two returning favorites, an up-and-coming star, and the State College premiere of a multiple Grammy Award winner. Pianist and composer Billy Childs received a [Read More]
On Center: Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain On Center: Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
41 weeks ago - Town and gown
They whistle. They sing. Often one or another says a funny thing. They sell out venues such as London’s Royal Albert Hall, Australia’s Sydney Opera House, and New York City’s Carnegie Hall. They charm audiences in Europe, America, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. They are, [Read More]
On Center: The Nile Project On Center: The Nile Project
45 weeks ago - Town and gown
The Nile Project uses music to raise awareness of the cultural and environmental challenges along Africa’s mighty river. The project unites artists from each country in the Nile basin to learn from one another and compose music together. The Nile forms a complex system wrought with political, [Read More]
On Center: Brooklyn Rider On Center: Brooklyn Rider
49 weeks ago - Town and gown
“I’ve seen the future of chamber music,” writes a reviewer for Strings magazine, “and it is Brooklyn Rider.” The quartet, which makes its Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State concert premiere Tuesday, April 14, at Schwab Auditorium, offers an eclectic [Read More]
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